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Am I doing enough?
As you begin to walk down this long road of educating your children, always ask yourself what God’s perfect plan is for your family. Often we can begin to feel weighed down by the burden of being our children’s source of education.
This should not be.
The same God who called you will equip you and show you the perfect way your children should go. Benjamin Franklin and John Adams were both homeschooled differently because they had different purposes and paths to pursue. Seek to know what your children’s purposes and paths are; don’t just follow the crowd, burdening yourself with elective courses that weigh you down and rob you of your joy. When you follow God’s ideal plan for your children, it won’t feel heavy or burdensome. It will feel light.I believe the problem is that when you are doing enough it feels too easy - so you think 'I can't be doing enough. It can’t be this easy. Certainly my child is not learning enough or getting enough knowledge. I need to fill their brain with more, more, more until we are so challenged, so overloaded with information that we simply can’t fill another minute of our 'school day' with anymore'.
If homeschooling feels hard to you – you’re doing too much. And just like with medicine, too much is not better.
Too much will have repercussions. Too much will bring consequences you don’t really want. Too much brings burn out. Too much robs your family of the joy and relationships that were meant to develop and flourish at home.
God’s call on you to homeschool does not forestall His promise of peace. His promise to give us rest is not void. If we are not experiencing rest as we homeschool, we need to sit down and reevaluate. We need to come to Him again, and seek His ways and wisdom.
Come to me all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.
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